CHICAGO, Ill. (August 1, 2021) - The Chicago Red Stars, behind goals from Mallory Pugh, Rachel Hill and Morgan Gautrat, defeated the Washington Spirit 3-1 Sunday, August 1.
19’ - Mallory Pugh cuts through the Washington defense and slots in a right-footed shot to give the Red Stars the lead
39’ - Rachel Hill finishes a scramble inside Washington’s box from Chicago’s corner kick to give the Red Stars a two goal lead
71’ - Washington’s Trinity Rodman gets around Cassie Miller and two Red Stars defenders to score and cut the deficit to one for the Spirit
80’ - Morgan Gautrat converts a penalty kick off a Washington handball to give Chicago a two-goal lead again
Tatumn Milazzo had arguably the best game of her young NWSL career so far, having a significant impact defensively. Milazzo led the team with 64 touches, eight aerial duels, five tackles, six clearances, and possessions won with nine. She also had 29 passes, and a shot on target
Cassie Miller provided the Red Stars a security blanket in net, coming up big numerous times en route to her Budweiser Player of the Match honors at the end of game. Despite conceding a goal, Miller had four major saves and also registered a catch, proving to be a major last line of defense for the Red Stars
Mallory Pugh knocked it out of the park, in both goal celebration and performance. Pugh’s goal in the 19th minute gave Chicago momentum early on. She would finish the game with three total shots, 49 touches, 17 duels (a team lead), 25 passes and a team lead in crosses with five
The Red Stars play host to the Orlando Pride next Sunday, August 8 at 5:00 p.m. CT.
Chicago Red Stars vs Washington Spirit August 1, 2021 SeatGeek Stadium (Bridgeview, IL)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Chicago Red Stars 2 1 3 Washington Spirit 0 1 1
Goal Summary CHI: Pugh 19’, Hill 39’, Gautrat 80’ (penalty) WAS: Rodman 71’ Disciplinary Report WAS: Rodman 30’ (yellow), Aylmer 68’ (yellow), Staab 79’ (yellow)
Lineup WSH: GK Bledsoe, D Staab, D Heilferty, D Nielsen, M Asher (Biegalski 63’), M Huster (McKeown 63’), M Sullivan, M Sanchez, F Hatch (Speckmaier 84’), F Rodman, F Yokoyama (Aylmer 45’)
CHI: GK Miller, D Milazzo, D Sharples, D Gorden, D Wright, M Woldmoe, M Colaprico (Stanton 84’), M Gautrat, F Pugh (Luebbert 90+3’), F Watt (Johnson 84’), F Hill (Mautz 80’)